Dear OYUnited Members
I hope this email finds you well! We wanted to reach out to you to let you know about next week’s
National Youth Hiring Day
With unemployment at record lows, American companies are looking for new ways to find and hire great talent. Meanwhile, there are more than 4.5 million young people in America who are out of school and unemployed—or roughly one in nine youth who are disconnected from our economy.
That’s why on
, JobLaunch, in partnership with the Schultz Family Foundation, Get Schooled, and 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, will stage the spring virtual National Youth #HiringDay. National Youth Hiring Day aims to help empower more “Opportunity Youth” to unlock a brighter future. We are working to remove barriers that have historically stopped young people from starting on their path to success, and connect them to employers like Starbucks, Hyatt, Macy’s, and T-Mobile, who are invested in the future of opportunity youth.
National Youth Hiring Day breaks down the typical barriers youth face when applying for jobs through an array of tools and programming, including:
Common Inquiry Form
- The job search process can be confusing for first-time job seekers, so
is introducing an easier way to apply for jobs. The National Youth Hiring Day Common Inquiry Form will give youth across the country a single online entry point to all participating employers. By answering a few short questions, young people will be able to quickly and easily start the application and interview process with many of America's leading companies.
- To help bring the résumé into the 21st century, we're inviting youth to share 30-60 second vésumés, or video résumés, so they can show employers their potential. Applicants will be asked to share something unique about themselves or something meaningful they've learned in life, which they believe would benefit an employer. Young people can upload their vésumés to any social platform or directly to their Common Inquiry Form.
Virtual Employer Spotlights
- National Youth Hiring Day will also offer employers a new way to share a "day in the life" at their company. Throughout the day, we will host a series of lively, interactive Twitter chats with participating companies on the hashtag #hiringday. Topics covered will include the application process, benefits offered, advancement opportunities and the felt experience of working for the company.
One-on-one Career Coaching
- While many young job seekers are poised to get offers as a result of National Youth Hiring Day, the free tools and resources, including a job feed curated specifically for youth and populated with hundreds of thousands of jobs, may be accessed on
any time. Young people can also text the JobLaunch helpline (text HIRINGDAY to 335577), which will offer one-on-one support on topics like applying for a job, what to wear to a job interview, best practices for following up and more—on and after Hiring Day.
- In-person job fairs are also being held in 100,000 Opportunities Initiative demonstration cities—Dallas, Los Angeles and Phoenix—and 45 high schools throughout the country. These events highlight the skills training, education services, and case management offered to youth at a local level to ensure success in hiring and retention.